Friday, October 14, 2005

Dutch Arrest, and Re-Arrest, Seven Accused of Plotting Terror

From Agence France Presse via Yahoo!News:
THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch police arrested seven new suspected members of the Hofstad group terrorist cell and eliminated "an acute threat" to several politicians and the intelligence services, the interior minister said.

Interior Minister Johan Remkes told a press conference that the seven suspects were members of the Hofstad group. Thirteen people are already in custody awaiting trial on charges of belonging to the group, including the convicted murderer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
Van Gogh's murder was what finally caused the Netherlands to get serious, sort of, about Islamist terrorists operating in their country. The Dutch began to make it less comfortable for terrorist sympathizers in Holland. 357Hosting, the ISP of choice for jihadis everywhere, purportedly relocated to Gaza soon after the murder.

At least two of those arrested had been in custody earlier, then released:
The main suspect according to the authorities is 19-year-old Samir Azzouz, who was acquitted of charges of planning terrorist attacks because of insufficient evidence in April.

A second suspect arrested Friday was Jermaine Walters, his lawyer told Dutch national public Radio 1. Walters had also been arrested in the first Hofstad group case but was released later after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to hold him.
A 24 year-old woman was also arrested, but has not been identified. Coincidentally, notorious terrorist mouthpiece Nada al-Rubaiee, who operates out of the Netherlands, is 24 years-old.